'Saw' Sequels Director Darren Lynn Bousman Gets Indie Sci-Fi 'Apex'
While director Darren Lynn Bousman has stuck with the horror genre directing the second, third and fourth films in the Saw franchise, along with cult favorites like Repo! The Genetic Opera, this time he's looking to venture into sci-fi. THR has learned that Bousman is attached to an indie sci-fi project called Apex set up at 2511 Productions. The film is described Predator meets Call of Duty, which mashes up the right properties to get plenty of dudes interested. The story follows a Special Ops team sent to obtain a WMD from North Korea that is transported to another world, forcing them to face a dangerous alien race.
That sounds like a different version of the plot of Predators, just with a Special Ops team involved instead of a variety of skilled killers being hunted on an alien planet. The idea and screenplay comes from James E. Cavanaugh, and the Call of Duty twist comes from the fact that it uses current trends in physics and biology within the story somehow, likely regarding what the Special Ops team is equipped with. Supposedly a first loo at the key art and aliens is coming to Comic-Con this year, and hopefully it won't get lost in the shuffle of all the craziness that happens in San Diego later this month.
Bousman says he views the film as "a love letter to the sci-fi films I grew up watching with my dad, such as Alien, Predator, Enemy Mine, Tremors. But I also want it to have the more modern feel of some of the recent video games I am currently playing, like Halo and Call of Duty." He also mentions Lone Survivor, saying, "This can be a balls-to-the-walls action fantasy and it's franchisable outside of the movie universe. There is a whole world to explore with Apex." We're at least interested to see what Bousman can do with this genre, but for now, the story sounds pretty generic. Anyone interested?